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    Macintosh Software Setup Instructions

    Mail.app 3.x (OS X 10.5 and later)
    For older versions of Mail on OS X, see these instructions.

    Please have your SFF Net username, password and SFF Net Email address handy (they were included in your original signup confirmation email). You'll need them to complete these instructions.

    Note: If you have a domain hosted by SFF Net, all of the configuration steps below are the same, except you may enter a valid email address @ your domain (i.e. bettyb@mydomain.com) when prompted to enter your Internet Mail (email) address.

    1. Start the mail.app program. If you've never set up an email account on this machine, you'll automatically get the setup wizard, so proceed to Step 2. If you already have an existing email account set up, you'll need to start the Add Account wizard manually:

      1. Choose Preferences from the Mail menu.
      2. Click "Accounts" on the icon menu bar to bring up the Account Information dialog screen.
      3. Click the "Create Account" button (the "+" sign located in lower left of the window).

        New Account Setup

    2. Type in your name (not your email address) in the Full Name: box. This is the name that users see when they receive messages from you.

    3. In the Email Address box, type in your SFF Net email address (or an address @ your SFF Net-hosted domain). Do NOT change the Email Address setting to contain anything except your @sff.net address (or an address @ your SFF Net-hosted domain) or your email will bounce.

    4. Enter your SFF Net password in the Password: field.

      Your screen should look similar to this before you proceed:

      Welcome Screen

    5. Next you'll see the "Incoming Mail Server" screen. Set the Account Type: to POP

    6. Enter a name to help you identify your account in the Description: field (such as "SFF Net")

    7. Type in pop3.sff.net in the Incoming Mail Server: field.

    8. Type in your SFF Net username in the User Name: box.

    9. Type in your SFF Net password in the Password box.

      Your screen should look similar to this before you proceed:

      Incoming Server Setup

    10. When you click the Continue button, Mail will attempt to connect to the mail server. If you get an error, read the message carefully and double-check your entries to correct any typos.

    11. On the "Outgoing Mail Server" screen, type in a name to help you identify your mail server (we suggest "SFF Net").

    12. Type in smtp.sff.net in the Outgoing Mail Server: field.

    13. Type in your SFF Net username in the User Name: box.

    14. Type in your SFF Net password in the Password box.

      Your screen should look similar to this before you proceed:

      Outgoing Server Setup

    15. When you click the Continue button, Mail will attempt to connect to the mail server. If you get an error, read the message carefully and double-check your entries to correct any typos.

      NOTE:Your ISP may block port 25 for outgoing mail connections. If so, you will probably get an error at this point. Don't be alarmed; the last steps below will correct this problem.

    16. Double-check your settings on the "Account Summary" screen. It should look similar to the example below. If so, click Create to continue.

      Account Summary

      Almost done!

    17. Click the Mail menu item, and select Preferences.

    18. Click "Accounts" on the icon menu bar to bring up the "Account Information" dialog screen. Highlight the mail account you just created in the left-hand panel. Click the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) drop-down list and choose "Edit Server List."

      Accounts Tab    Outgoing Mail Server Dropdown Menu

    19. Highlight your smtp.sff.net server in the list, and select the "Advanced" tab to display its properties. Change the Server port to 587.

      Your screen should look similar to this before you proceed:

      Outgoing Mail Server Advanced Options

    That's it, you're all set!

    What's next?
    Your SFF Net POP3 email box has a variety of extra features you can control, including:

    • Highly effective, configurable spam filters
    • Automatic virus and HTML script protection
    • Junk folder for reviewing spam caught by filters
    • Message preview before downloading
    • Email auto-forwarding
    • Automatic out-of-office replies

    You can control these options using your web browser through our WebMail system. You'll want to read more about controlling your email box in the SFF Net Email section of the help system.

 


    Mail.app 2.x (OS X 10.1-10.4, a.k.a. Apple Mail)

    Please have your SFF Net username, password and SFF Net Email address handy (they were included in your original signup confirmation email). You'll need them to complete these instructions.

    Note: If you have a domain hosted by SFF Net, all of the configuration steps below are the same, except you may enter a valid email address @ your domain (i.e. bettyb@mydomain.com) when prompted to enter your Internet Mail (email) address.

    Also, note that there are various versions of Mail depending on which version of OS X you are running. Some of the options mentioned here may be found on different tab pages than the ones indicated in the sample illustrations.

    1. Start mail.app (Apple Mail) and select Mail --> Preferences from the main menu.

      Apple Mail setup

    2. If you've never set up an email account on this machine, you'll get the setup wizard (if you already have an existing email account, click Add Account on the Mail Preferences screen).

      Apple Mail setup

    3. Type in your name (not your email address) in the Your Name: box. This is the name that users see when they receive messages from you.

    4. In the Email Address box, type in your SFF Net email address (or an address @ your SFF Net-hosted domain). Do NOT change the Email Address setting to contain anything except your @sff.net address (or an address @ your SFF Net-hosted domain) or your email will bounce.

    5. Type in pop3.sff.net into the Incoming Mail Server: box.

    6. Select POP as your Mail Server Type.

    7. Type in your SFF Net username in the User Account ID: box.

    8. Type in your SFF Net password in the Password box.

    9. Type in smtp.sff.net in the Outgoing (SMTP) Mail Server: box and click OK.

      Note: If you're on a version of OS X that at this point gives you a checkbox to Enable SMTP Authenticaion, check that box and enter your SFF Net username and password into the SMTP Server information fields.

    10. Now, we have some extra configuration to do. Select Mail --> Preferences again from the main menu.

    11. On the Mail Preferences tab, choose the account you just created and click Edit.

      Apple Mail setup

      This will bring up the Account Information Screen. Verify that the information you entered is correct.

      Apple Mail setup

    12. Next, in the Outgoing Server section, click the Options button to bring up the SMTP Options screen.

    13. Change the Server Port from 25 to 587.

    14. Select Password from the Authentication drop-down list.

    15. Type in your SFF Net username in the User Account ID: box. (This is the same username you used in step #7 above).

    16. Type in your SFF Net password in the Password box. (This is the same password you used in step #7 above).

      Be sure your Outgoing Mail Server:, Server Port:, and Authentication: settings look exactly like this before proceeding:

      Apple Mail setup

    That's it, you're all set!

    What's next?
    Your SFF Net POP3 email box has a variety of extra features you can control, including:

    • Highly effective, configurable spam filters
    • Automatic virus and HTML script protection
    • Junk folder for reviewing spam caught by filters
    • Message preview before downloading
    • Email auto-forwarding
    • Automatic out-of-office replies

    You can control these options using your web browser through our WebMail system. You'll want to read more about controlling your email box in the SFF Net Email section of the help system.

 


    Microsoft Entourage
    Download this software

    Please have your SFF Net username, password and SFF Net Email address handy (they were included in your original signup confirmation email). You'll need them to complete these instructions.

    Note: If you have a domain hosted by SFF Net, all of the configuration steps below are the same, except you may enter a valid email address @ your domain (i.e. bettyb@mydomain.com) when prompted to enter your Internet Mail (email) address.

    1. Select Tools -->Accounts from the main menu.

    2. On the Mail tab, click New.

    3. Type in your name (not your email address) in the Account Setup Assistant box. This is the name that users see when they receive messages from you.

    4. In the Internet Mail Address box, type in your SFF Net email address (or an address @ your SFF Net-hosted domain). If you use SFF Net's SMTP Server to send outgoing mail, do NOT change the Internet Mail Address setting to contain anything except your @sff.net address (or an address @ your SFF Net-hosted domain) or your email will bounce.

    5. On the E-mail Server Names dialog box, click the My Incoming Mail Server box, and then click POP3.
      • Type in pop3.sff.net in the Incoming Mail box.
      • Type in smtp.sff.net in the Outgoing Mail box.
      • Type in your SFF Net username in the Account ID box.
      • Type in your SFF Net password in the Account ID box.
      • Type any descriptive name (such as "SFF Net")for the Account Name. Click Finish.

    6. Once again, select Tools -->Accounts from the main menu.

    7. On the Mail tab, choose the account you just created and click Edit.

    8. In the Sending Mail section of the Account Settings tab, click the Click here for advanced sending options button.
      • Click the SMTP server requires authentication button. Select the Use the same settings as my incoming mail server option.
      • If you use AOL, Earthlink, or another provider that blocks SMTP port 25, enter 587 for your SMTP Port in the Override default SMTP port section. (BTW, it won't hurt to set this to 587 even if you're not with an ISP that blocks port 25). Read this for more info.

    9. Next, select the News Tab.
      • Type in news.sff.net as your SMTP Server
      • Be sure the This server requires authentication box is checked.
      • Type in your SFF Net username in the User name field.
      • Type in your SFF Net password in the Password field
      • Important:Click the "Click here for advanced receiving options" button.
      • Check the "Override default NNTP port:" checkbox and type 1119 in the field provided.

    That's all there is to it!

    What's next?
    Your SFF Net POP3 email box has a variety of extra features you can control, including:

    • Highly effective, configurable spam filters
    • Automatic virus and HTML script protection
    • Junk folder for reviewing spam caught by filters
    • Message preview before downloading
    • Email auto-forwarding
    • Automatic out-of-office replies

    You can control these options using your web browser through our WebMail system. You'll want to read more about controlling your email box in the SFF Net Email section of the help system.

 


    Microsoft Outlook Express for Mac
    Download this software

  • Versions of Outlook Express for Macintosh more recent than 4.x use a setup procedure similar to the Windows version of the program. Refer to the instructions for the Windows Email and Newsreader for the newer versions.

    Please have your SFF Net username, password and SFF Net Email address handy (they were included in your original signup confirmation email). You'll need them to complete these instructions.

    Note: If you have a domain hosted by SFF Net, all of the configuration steps below are the same, except you may enter a valid email address @ your domain (i.e. bettyb@mydomain.com) when prompted to enter your email address.

    1. Double-click on the Microsoft Internet Applications folder to open it.
    2. Locate the Outlook Express Mail and News folder and double-click on it to open the application.
    3. Click on the Edit menu and select "Preferences".

      Outlook Express Setup Screen

    4. When the Preferences window opens select Email from the list on the left.
      • Type in your name (not your email address) in the Full Name field.
      • In the E-mail address box, type in your SFF Net email address (or an address @ your SFF Net-hosted domain). If you use SFF Net's SMTP Server to send outgoing mail, do NOT change the E-mail address setting to contain anything except your @sff.net address (or an address @ your SFF Net-hosted domain) or your email will bounce.
      • Type in smtp.sff.net as your SMTP Server
      • Type in your SFF Net account name (i.e. bettyb) in the Account I.D. field.
      • Type in pop3.sff.net as your POP Server
        • If you use AOL, Earthlink, or another provider that blocks SMTP port 25, press the Advanced button and enter 587 for your SMTP Port. (BTW, it won't hurt to set this to 587 even if you're not with an ISP that blocks port 25). Read this for more info.

      Your screen should like this before proceeding:

      Outlook Express Setup Screen

    5. Next, select the News configuration screen from the Accounts list on the left.
      • Type in news.sff.net as your SMTP Server
      • Be sure the This server requires authentication box is checked.
      • Type in your SFF Net username in the User name field.
      • Type in your SFF Net password in the Password field
      • Important: Click the Advanced button and change the News Server (NNTP) port to 1119

      Outlook Express Setup Screen

    You're all set!

    What's next?
    Your SFF Net POP3 email box has a variety of extra features you can control, including:

    • Highly effective, configurable spam filters
    • Automatic virus and HTML script protection
    • Junk folder for reviewing spam caught by filters
    • Message preview before downloading
    • Email auto-forwarding
    • Automatic out-of-office replies

    You can control these options using your web browser through our WebMail system. You'll want to read more about controlling your email box in the SFF Net Email section of the help system.



    IRCLE
    Download this software

    Setting up IRCLE is very simple.

    1. Start the IRCLE program. Click on Connections to open the Connections Window. This is a list of the IRC servers you have configured.

      Ircle setup

    2. Click on the Server... button to create a new server. Enter irc.sff.net as the name of the server. Click OK to save.

    3. Back in the Connections Windows, highlight the entry for irc.sff.net that was just created. Click the Edit button to set up your user preferences.

    4. Enter your desired nickname, your SFF Net username and your real name in the fields provided. Your screen should look similar to this before you proceed:

      Ircle setup

    5. Be sure to save your settings by choosing Save Preferences from your File Menu!


    Fetch
    Download this software

    Fetch is a simple-to-use FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client you can use to upload pages to your SFF Net website.

    1. Start the Fetch program. You'll see the New Connection setup screen.

      Fetch setup

    2. Click on the Twiddle to expand the setup window to reveal all the setup options.

    3. Enter www.sff.net in the host field, your SFF Net username in the User ID field, and your SFF Net password in the Password field. Then enter the full path to your web page in the Initial Directory field (see example below). Your screen should look similar to this before you proceed:

      Fetch setup

    4. After clicking OK on the New Connection screen, Fetch will then display the contents of your web folder. You may now start Getting or Putting files to your folder. That's it!

      Fetch setup


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